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Lenovo Vibe Shot in Kenya

Lenovo Vibe Shot: For Those Who Do

Lenovo Vibe Shot: For Those Who Do

I had been looking for a new phone for a while, because my phone was always getting memory filled up and after a firmware upgrade to jelly bean my phone had stopped working on 3g networks. And when it would agree to work, it would heat up enough to pop corn!

I started by identifying this Lenovo X2 Pro, it was everything I was looking for. But Lenovo were playing games, by pushing the release date. I then started looking for alternatives, that’s when I saw the announcement for Lenovo Vibe Shot, after checking the specs, I knew I had found what I had been searching for all along. I started following the vibe shot and changed my goal posts from the X2 pro completely.

Finally the release was announced first in China, Lenovo guys are mean, or rather home first ey?  The rest of the world version would take a while, and it sure too its sweet time. I decided I would buy the Chinese version and go to the Lenovo Russian forum to check if I could get a ROW ROM.


I start out at alibaba, and start looking for quotes. The phone is too damned expensive; I ask a local dealer how much they would get the phone for me at. They tell me to wait at least three months for the prices to stabilise. I cannot understand the logic at that particular moment but I am really desperate to get the phone. It is while I am rummaging through alibaba I discover aliexpress.


The main difference between alibaba and aliexpress despite them being under the same holding company is, with alibaba there is a lot of back and forth as you negotiate with the buyer.  With aliexpress you can buy and checkout your item in one click. I bought some items to test whether the site would be legit and not give me problems like My items arrived well after three weeks and now I was rearing to go. My biggest problem would be customs and I also had heard stories of things getting lost before they could reach the final recipients.

I remember that one of the amazing people I follow online, Savvy had mentioned she would be making a trip back to get her baby Jeremy. I reach out to her and sure enough she agrees to bring me the phone. I buy and use her address as I check out and then the wait. When Savvy was counting down coming back to reunite with Jeremy, I was also counting down haha. The day finally comes and She brings me the phone with a couple other stuff I had bought. Savvy is one cool lady from the first impressions I made that day :-).

Lenovo Vibe Shot

The main reason I got it was the internal storage, battery capacity and the camera. The additional details are as follows:

  • Aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back
  • Dual-SIM dual-standby capability
  • 5″ 1080p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 441ppi
  • Octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU (4x 1.7GHz plus 4x 1.0GHz), 3GB of RAM, Adreno 405 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset
  • 32GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 16MP laser autofocus camera, triple-LED flash; HDR, Pro mode, Panorama
  • 1080@30fps video
  • 8MP front camera, 1080p video recording; wide selfie
  • 4 LTE (150/50Mbps); dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, hotspot, Wi-Fi direct; Bluetooth 4.1 LE; GPS/GLONASS; microUSB
  • 3,000mAh Li-Po battery capacity
  • 5mm headphone jack, active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic

You can find the techie reviews on the phone on the leading review sites and can get it or arrange to get it from Avechi in Kenya.

 Here are some photos from the lenovo vibe shot.

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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Just Random, Opinion, Review


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Lenovo S920

Afternoons after I have had my lunch (read CNN, chapo na ndengu), is the time I zone out, therefore to avoid sleeping in the office I will turn on the fan, take loads of water and start doing mentally easy tasks. Linkedin Pulse, read the newspaper, watch a youtube video, view bookmarks, which new album or movie to download, has my favourite DJs uploaded anything on mixcrate…. Etc GSMArena is where I stumbled that day and I started reading review about phones. I knew I wanted affordable but with decent specs, that is where I found Lenovo and a love affair began. I tried to see if I could get it locally, but even the Lenovo guys in South Africa only deal with the computers and tablets (you must have seen the yoga tablets on a billboard somewhere ey?). My friend Ogesh told me he could probably get one shipped if I wanted, but then the cost would make it less affordable than I was prepared for. This is what led me to India, I started off at flipkart and ended up on snapdeal, well thanks to Mercy, she is the one who gave those recommendations. She was doing her MBA there and during one of our conversations she told me how electronics were really cheap in India, who would pass off such a deal?

Apparently the SnapDeal do not accept money via PayPal, that left me with MoneyGram which apparently is cheaper than western union, again thank you Mercy :-). Okay let me not bore you with the nitty-gritties of getting the phone let’s get to business, I will  not go to technical stuff, you can find those on GSMArena or phone Arena, I am telling of my lay experience.


The phone is pretty good and launches applications fairly fast. Note, I said fairly fast. It is an affordable phone, so do not expect high end execution.


Lenovo s920 has this huge 5.3 screen, which is HD yup, watching Nicki’s anaconda is pure delight on this phone 😀 do not judge me. If you are a bit careless like I am you might need to buy a screen protector, to avoid damage to the screen.


This phone is skinny, like skinny skinny Samsung can’t get near… It’s true don’t give me that look, this phone is lean no cellulite anywhere!


The phone cover is plastic, which means if you drop it a few times you may be left with junk. The USB/charging port cover is also very flimsy. Mine got spoiled and the port is all commando naked! Lenovo, the hell was that, someone in R&D should answer for that.


Now this phones camera gives me pleasure for the three months I have had it I have taken 1200 pictures (I think I shoot at anything and everything), check my Instagram on the side for some. The video quality is pretty good too Savvy told me it was a bad idea to make a home videos so you may also never get to see the quality of its videos :-D.

Android System

The phone comes with Jelly Bean upgradeable to KitKat. For your peace of mind, do not, no, let me be clear DO NOT upgrade to KitKat! It sure looks good, feels good, you get more space, the camera gets digital zoom but for data hogs like me, the phone will stop being stable on 3G networks so you are forced to remain on 2G only.  I went to all the Lenovo forums but it seems the only saviour right now will be either a downgrade to jelly bean or to wait for an update to patch the mess from Lenovo. I am still waiting for the latter, which means I cannot enjoy Safaricom’s free YouTube offer or Skype/ Google hangout video with my friends to brag when crossing off a bucket list (selfies are not sufficient for bragging you need to see the expression on their faces, mostly it’s a you are crazy kind of expression), or those days you miss someone and a call is not enough you need a face to the voice… Okay I think I have hammered it in how the instability of the 3G signal sucks. So if you get a Lenovo, stick to JellyBean until kitkat has been tested and tried. They should have warned us KitKat was beta or something (see how I talk about beta like am a techie? Lol).


I like stuff that can stay with me for a long while, so durability is normally a decision changing factor when purchasing things. Would I buy Lenovo s920 again? Yes I would, even better the 8 gigs version. Would I feel all adventurous and upgrade? Hell no! Will I keep it? Yes I will keep it, one flaw will not reduce my love. I will wait to see if they improve on it and as far as I am concerned I think I am now officially a Lenovo fan, Chinese or not (Did I just see Tecno guys smile? Yup, this is an affirmation there can be legit products from China).

Hopefully after testing their products in India, I understand manufacturers target India and China because of their wide demographics to test their products, I hope Africa will be their next big stop. I will be their number one fan, because if they work on their flaws which are always posted in the Lenovo forums, they might as well takeover the mid range market…

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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Just Random, New waters!, Opinion, Review


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